Objectives and Attainment Targets of the Study Programme

·        To achieve advanced skills in the two chosen languages:

·        For Dutch: at the level of the professional native language user;

·        For German, English and French: at the level C1 of the ERC;

·        For Italian, Spanish and Swedish: at the level B2 of the ERC;

·        For Latin and Old Greek: to master these language on a level comparable to the level C1/B2 as concerns the dimensions of reading and understanding, and comparable to the level A2 as concerns the dimension of writing.

·        To apply knowledge of the structure of the two chosen languages to the analysis of linguistic phenomena.

·        To apply knowledge of the literary traditions of the two chosen languages to the analysis of texts and when placing these traditions in a literary-historical and stylistic context.

·        To know and understand the state of the art of linguistic and literary research.

·        To apply one's knowledge and understanding of the historical aspects of the studied languages to the study of texts and the contemporary language structures.

·        To develop an awareness of the link between languages, their literature and their culture, especially of the two chosen languages.

·        To process knowledge of the history and culture of the areas in which the chosen languages were/are spoken

·        To know and understand related and auxiliary sciences, and to recognize their importance to linguistic and literature research.

·        To be able to situate sources and studies on their chosen language, on literature and on culture in their context, and to critically analyze them.

·        To be able to reproduce and apply linguistic and literary paradigms, methods of analysis, and interpretation techniques.

·        To critically examine a linguistic, literary or cultural topic in an appropriate, scientific way.

·        To have an awareness of the historical and ideological definiteness of research questions, and to acknowledge the necessity of questioning research processes.

·        To have a strong linguistic awareness, i.e. to recognize the crucial role of language in human interaction and in cultural productions, and to act accordingly.

·        To think analytically about (culture-)historical, literary and linguistic issues.

·        To develop a critical attitude towards sources, scientific analyses and theories.

·        To produce synthetic results of one's own research.

·        To display intellectual curiosity and a lifelong learning attitude.

·        To report in the two chosen (modern) languages and/or in Dutch, orally and in writing, to experts and lay people.

·        To cooperate and to contribute to discussions.

·        To have an awareness of the values and standards on which scientists base their work.

·        To handle scientific and other sources in a well-considered way, while respecting the intellectual property of other researchers.

·        To be aware of social questions, and of their usefulness to the field of study.

·        To have a sense of social responsibility, cultural sensitivity and an understanding of intercultural dynamics.